CNET First Look
Mini's concept begins where Google Glass left offThe carmaker's Augmented Vision is a new concept projecting information, navigation and safety information onto a set of glasses.
[MUSIC] [NOISE] Hi I'm Wayne Cunningham for cnet and I'm wearing the Mini Augmented vision Goggles. These are AR goggles powered by Qualcomm. They have a snap dragon chip in them by Qualcomm. They have two 720p displays and a g. UPS plus a couple of cameras and these will let the goggles know where I am in the world. The glasses put up informational displays in my vision, so for example, during the demonstration I looked at a couple of posters, telling me about various events and the glasses told me where one of the events was located. I was able to start navigation just by clicking a little button on top of here that said okay, start a navigation. Told me the distance to my car. Told me the distance in the car to the position and then from walking from the car to the actual destination. So starting off navigation, I got into the car and that's where the really cool thing starts because in the car wearing those goggles it not only gave me guidance directions showing me really interesting graphics of where to make turns. It also showed me like current speed, the speed limit on the streets, and it actually showed. Safety information that could show me if there was somebody in the street that's maybe about to run in the direction of the car, and I could look through the sides of the car and see what was around me. So that's very cool stuff. And, also, when I got to a parking space, it actually identified the parking space. And let me see how close I was to the curb through the car's door, with these glasses. Now these aren't actually x-ray glasses. This is the whole concept system, and the car actually has glasses on the side. So when I got into the car, the glasses connected with the car over wi-fi. So to use the car's navigation system, actually to help me find my way where I was going, and use the cameras in the car to show me. What was around the outside of it. Of course, these are just concept glasses. This is the system that they're working on, and it might come to us in the very near future. If it does, it could add a lot of useful information and a lot of useful safety features. This could be the future of safe driving. I'm Wayne Cunningham looking at the Mini Augmented Vision goggle. [MUSIC]